DCC launches a new green technology apprenticeship scheme


Smart Data Communications Company (DCC), the organisation behind the UK national smart meter roll-out, has announced new technology apprenticeships.

Smart DCC has built and operates the secure national data network that supports the roll-out and operation of 53 million energy smart meters in homes and small businesses across Great Britain. At scale, it will reach more homes than mobile phone networks, its secure platform could play a key role in electric vehicle charging, smarter homes and decarbonising the economy to fight climate change.

The DCC will be offering a handful of apprenticeships across its business to provide hands-on experience in the emerging fields of smart grids, big data, internet of things, next-generation communications, and digitised energy.

The apprentices selected will be working towards Britain’s drive to achieve net-zero carbon emissions — smart meters will cut out 45 million tons of emissions.

This announcement follows the opening of the DCC’s new operational headquarters for the smart meter roll-out in Manchester. Opened by the Leader of the City Council, Sir Richard Leese, in September, the high-tech facility has state-of-the-art tools to visualise the roll-out of millions of meters. Its 2,400 smart meter testing spaces are also researching electric vehicle and smart irrigation technology.

Cliff Morton, Director of People at Smart DCC, said: “These apprentices will be working on the front line of making Britain greener while getting experience in a range of emerging fields of technology.

“More than digitising the nation’s energy network, our far-reaching network has limitless potential, and we’re looking for the next generation of innovators to help it meet its full potential.

“We believe in making Britain more connected so we can all lead smarter greener lives.”